Priory Lodge School provides a differentiated curriculum which has been purposely developed to meet the needs of pupils with a social communication disorder/Asperger syndrome. The curriculum is designed to engage and encourage pupils to be involved in their learning, with particular attention given to specific learning needs associated with our learners’ conditions, such as:
- Weak visual sequential memory
- Weak problem solving skills
- Weak written language skills
- Unrefined handwriting
A broad curriculum
It’s important to us that we engage our young people and support them in pursuing their areas of academic interest, even if these fall outside of the mainstream core subjects traditionally offered by schools. As such, Priory Lodge School offers a broad curriculum that incorporates a wide range of subjects and qualifications, from BTECs in mechanics and painting and decorating through local college partnerships, to A-Levels in Astronomy and Latin taught in-house. We will always do our best to accommodate an individual pupil’s particular subject requirements and look into how we can provide tuition in a particular field if we don’t already do so.
Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3
In Key Stages 2 and 3, our school curriculum covers a broad range of learning linked to the National Curriculum. This allows us to capture a child’s potential and provide highly personalised, person centred learning. We ensure that pupils are able to enjoy a variety of creative, practical and vocational learning alongside academic class room work.
From Year 9, pupils at Priory Lodge School receive supportive and careful guidance to help with selecting their GCSE/Skill Based Learning choices, according to their interests and level of ability. We call these Learning Pathways. There are a range of different Learning Pathways available, each with a strong focus on:
- Developing a pupil’s independence skill
- Empowering pupils
- Providing access to a range of training and employment opportunities
Entry Level/National Curriculum Level 1
Modules for this pathway are specially designed for pupils who would benefit from developing basic skills in a practical context. Courses are structured to provide additional support for the development of lifelong learning skills and to help pupils gain an understanding of community needs and their own responsibilities. After completing their programmes of study, pupils often move on to Further Education and/or part time employment.
National Curriculum Level 1/2
This pathway to learning combines a number of accredited academic and vocational subjects aimed at pupils already working at NC Level 1 and NC 2 in other subjects. A hands-on approach to skill development helps young people to gain the confidence to access part-time college courses and volunteering opportunities within their local community.
National Curriculum Level 2
This pathway is designed to challenge our moderately able pupils. Part of the course is taught off site within mainstream work related skills environments with Priory Lodge School providing educational support. We have found this arrangement to be instrumental in supporting improved behaviour, attitudes and achievement. Pupils are able to complete an accredited programme of one to three years in length. Previous pupils who have completed this pathway have gone on to direct entry to employment, enrolment on college courses and acceptance onto apprenticeship schemes.
National Curriculum Levels 3-8
This learning pathway accelerates the progress of more able pupils. It sees pupil’s complete courses in a shorter period of time, covering a broad number of accredited subjects over a three year period. We ensure teaching is closely matched to the individual’s needs and challenges them appropriately. On leaving this course, pupils tend to enrol directly into Further or Higher Education.